Superfood Chia Crisps

 Raw Vegan Gluten-Free Energy Snack These might not be the prettiest recipe I’ve every made, but these have become one of my favorite and most versatile snacks.  Everyone who has […]

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Pains for Grains — Raw Fusion Solution

  Red Quinoa and Broccoli Rabe

A lot of information is coming to light on how difficult it is for the body to digest grains.  Most contain gluten or mycotoxins — both inflammation-causing villians that are associated with leaky gut syndrome and many auto-immune disorders.

Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University and an expert on Paleolithic lifestyles, humans are NOT designed to eat grains, and doing so may actually be damaging to your gut.  For more details, I recommend that you read Dr. Mercola’s article and do some further research online.

The Paleo (aka Caveman’s) Diet rejects most grains because of these issues.  I covered this topic briefly in a former blog called A Pinch of Paleo; Bread enthusiasts can get their “fix” with some non-grain recipes included in that article.

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Superfood Series – “Lucuma”, Sweet Gluten-Free Goodness

    From Dr. LJ’s Superfood Series with recipe for Coconut Plantain Cookies

Superfoods are foods that are exceptionally high in essential nutrients. Some examples of these that you may already know are blueberries, salmon, almonds, walnuts and organic apples.

These nutritional powerhouses are extremely popular with raw foodists,  as they offer great taste and variety to the lifestyle, along with particularly potent vitamins and minerals.

Lucuma powder comes from a small fruit that grows in Chile, Ecuador and Peru. It surpasses even chocolate and vanilla as the favorite ice cream flavor in most of South America—and even some European countries! High in phytonutrients, this superfood serves as a sweetener substitute easily metabolized with a very low glycemic index, making it a safe, sweet option for diabetes and hypoglycemia disorders. Naturally gluten-free, it is chock-full of fiber, antioxidants, carotene, minerals and Vitamin B3.

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Vegan Caramel Apples – Incredibly delicious. Unbelievably nutritious.

Watch me make this recipe on Daytime TV

Go to any grocery store, especially at this time of year and you will find “do-it-yourself” caramel apple kits and little dipping containers with caramel.  While caramel is one of the most universally cherished sweet flavors, if you read the contents, the first ingredient will invariably be “High Fructose Corn Syrup,” soon to be given a new, somewhat misleading name and makeover – “Corn Sugar”, compliments of that very lucrative industry.  Other commercial caramel ingredients include hydrogenated oils, milk solids and artificial flavorings.

This raw, vegan, dairy-and gluten-free caramel sauce is so convincingly “real” and satisfying that it’s always a winner at my classes and workshops.  Isn’t it nice to know that we don’t need to sacrifice our teeth, blood sugar levels and waistlines for the joys of this ultimate comfort food?
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Green Smoothies – A Purist’s Perspective

GREAT SMOOTHIE RECIPES BELOW

Whenever I start teaching at a new locale, my inaugural class is “Raw Foods 101” – teaching the basics of the raw foods/raw fusion lifestyle with demo’s of delectable green smoothies and scrumptious salads.

It’s always very uplifting for me to get enthusiastic feedback from  participants on how they are integrating green smoothies into their lifestyles and how their families are also enjoying them.  Often they share their favorite recipes with me, but invariably their concoctions contain ingredients that I would not recommend.

I admit to being a purist on green smoothies:  While experimenting from time to time with adding some nuts, nut milk, protein powders, dairy etc. is perfectly okay – hey, variety IS the spice of life, after all — I am extremely loyal to Victoria Boutenko’s (Green for Life) marvelous creation and believe that the formula works, as is

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